The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects
 

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds

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Ophiomyia nasuta Melander, 1913
[Diptera: Agromyzidae]


Agromyza nasuta Melander, 1913. Jl. N. Y. ent. Soc. 21: 260, as a var. of maura
Ophiomyia nasuta (Melander, 1913). Spencer, 1976. Fauna ent. Scand. 5(1): 71-2, figs 87-8.


Leaf-mine: Larva mines from the midrib. Pupation in the base of the hollow midrib (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Larva: The larvae of flies are leg-less maggots without a head capsule (see examples). They never have thoracic or abdominal legs. They do not have chewing mouthparts, although they do have a characteristic cephalo-pharyngeal skeleton (see examples), usually visible internally through the body wall.

Puparium: The puparia of flies are formed within the hardened last larval skin or puparium and as a result sheaths enclosing head appendages, wings and legs are not visible externally (see examples).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Asteraceae        
Taraxacum       Spencer, 1976: 72
Taraxacum officinale Dandelion British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Added to the British checklist by Gibbs (2006a).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Germany, [former] Czechoslovakia, the [former] U.S.S.R., Denmark, Sweden and Finland (Spencer, 1976: 71), Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, French mainland, Germany, Hunagry, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and Switzerland (Martinez in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in the East Palaearctic (Martinez in Fauna Europaea) and Canada (Spencer, 1976: 71).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Taraxacum officinale

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.



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